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David Logan served as Dean at Roger Williams School of Law from 2003 to 2014, making him one of the nation's longest-serving law deans. In 2014, he returned to full-time teaching and research.

A graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, Professor Logan clerked for a federal...



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Posted by David Logan
08/05/2011 at 08:50 AM
In 2006, the School of Law launched an exciting program, The Pro Bono Collaborative, to see if we could leverage the untapped resources of Rhode Island’s law firms, community-based organizations and law students’ budding professionalism and energy to increase the provision of free legal assistance to Rhode Island’s most vulnerable communities.  Many of our pro bono projects involve broad reaching legal strategies, such as educational workshops and legislative advocacy.  The PBC also facilitates direct representation pro bono projects in substantive areas of the law that are normally...
Posted by David Logan
07/29/2011 at 09:04 AM
I am delighted to report that Priya N. Lakhi, with over a dozen years of experience as a criminal defense attorney, will direct our Criminal Defense Clinic beginning next week. Most recently, Priya was a Senior Staff Attorney with the Georgia Capital Defender, where she worked with law students from Emory and Georgia State law schools in representing clients facing capital charges. She previously handled a broad array of representation in staff attorney positions with the Legal Aid Society of New York and the Dekalb County and Fulton County Public Defender offices in Georgia. Priya also...
Posted by David Logan
07/21/2011 at 08:50 AM
Summer is bliss in Rhode Island.  The sailing is great (teams from Roger Williams, Brown, and URI won national championships) and Newport is a world-class vacation destination, recently featured in the New York Times. On the horizon: the famous Newport Jazz Festival (headliners include Wynton Marsalis, Trombone Shorty, and Esperanza Spalding) and Folk Festival (headliners include traditionalists like Emmy Lou Harris and Earl Scruggs, plus quirkier choices like Gogol Bordello and the Decemberists).  And, of course, there is the wacky Fourth of July Parade in Bristol (been having them...
Posted by David Logan
07/15/2011 at 10:07 AM
Two of our faculty stars, Jorge Elorza and Michael Yelnosky, received important professional recognition in recent weeks. Jorge Elorza completed the rigorous path to tenure with a unanimous vote of the Board of Trustees of Roger Williams University.  He has established himself as a strong classroom teacher in his areas of interest—Property, Housing, and Civil Rights—and has authored provocative articles that have appeared in the Pittsburgh Law Review and the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy.  But it is his community service that is singular: he is a founder of the Latino...
Posted by David Logan
07/11/2011 at 01:02 PM
Our 8th Annual Diversity Symposium Dinner was more proof of the role Roger Williams School of Law plays in enhancing the “pipeline” for minority students into the legal profession. Approximately 70 judges, lawyers, high school, college and law students plus law school and college professors and administrators gathered at the Providence Marriott for an evening of discussion about immigration in the United States. The conversation in the room was energetic and rich, and the level of engagement - most notably from some of the high school students in attendance - was exceptional. Here are some...
Posted by David Logan
07/06/2011 at 07:55 AM
On June 10, legal writing professors, mostly from New England, but also from law schools in New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, joined us for a thought-provoking conference of the New England Consortium of Legal Writing Teachers. Three to Get Ready:  Three Different Perspectives on Getting Students “Practice Ready,” featured some of our recent alumni and also faculty, including Judge William E. Smith of the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island, who is a judge by day and a popular member of our Adjunct Faculty by night. Associate Dean Andy Horwitz kicked off...
Posted by David Logan
06/28/2011 at 11:27 AM
I am pleased to announce some of the key events that RWU Law is sponsoring next academic year. A campus visit by Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Stephen Breyer A 9/11 commerative program, “Lessons Learned,” featuring United States Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and Peter Neronha, United States Attorney for RI, moderated by our own Prof. Peter Margulies (an expert on National Security Law). Our fifth Thurgood Marshall Lecture, will be delivered by Martha Minow, Dean of Harvard Law School and a law clerk to the late Justice Marshall “The Tea party and...
Posted by David Logan
06/24/2011 at 11:52 AM
As our younger graduates take their place in the legal profession, they are tackling new issues and new variations on old ones. Nicole Dulude Benjamin ’06 and Rob Humm ‘08 For example, Nicole Dulude Benjamin (’06) and Rob Humm (‘08), associates at leading New England firm Adler, Pollock & Sheehan, recently presented on electronic discovery to a group of RI lawyers in a continuing legal education program that they conceived and delivered. Electronic Discovery: Unraveling E-mail Strings and Strands provided a comprehensive overview of the issues that arise when reviewing e-...
Posted by David Logan
06/15/2011 at 08:50 AM
...and what a year it was, highlighted by a visit from the First Circuit, a 3L victory in Student-Faculty Jeopardy, and a national prize for a 3L moot court team! The graduates and their families and friends enjoyed terrific weather, a spirited graduation ceremony (complete with goofs on the dean), and a fun after-party.  Here are some pics from that memorable day: Pomp and Circumstance Dean David Logan, Honorary Degree Recipient the Honorable Robert G. Flanders Jr.,Chairman of the University Board of Trustees Richard Bready, Honorary Degree Recipient Chief Justice Paul...
Posted by David Logan
06/14/2011 at 11:38 AM
We are always proud to see our graduates continue to pursue academic excellence after they graduate from RWU law. Sarah Mazzochi (’10) is but one recent example. Sarah has earned her LL.M in International Legal Studies from American University, and is now working in Washington, D.C. at the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. Sarah is publishing up a storm.  Here are the pieces she has published recently: The Two Percent: The Practical Application of International Law on the Death Penalty in the United States, 38 Syracuse Journal of International Law & Commerce 32 (2010)....